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  • Rosalind Creasy – Edible Landscaping

    Gardening can be easy, healthy, inexpensive, and best of all, in can be done just about anywhere. As far back as 1970, Rosalind Creasy was a pioneer in the field of Edible Landscaping.Her work has since revolutionized the way that many of us think about gardening. Cooking from the garden, eating organic, and eating fresh are all possible and not as hard as you might think.

    In this website, you can see some of Rosalind's best tips on making the most of your home garden, along with various recipes and advice. 

    Rosalind's new book, Edible Landscaping, was published in November of 2010 and is now in its third printing.

Gardening Adventures in April, Part I

I was so busy living April that I didn’t have time to write about April. But here’s a recap.

The first week I spent in San Diego with my daughter and grandkids, exploring. I sure enjoyed playing hooky. When I got back, I hopped a flight to Virginia. The first day I was there, Becky Heath came and whisked me away for the day. We started with a lovely drive through Gloucester, Virginia. This quaint town, home to Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, is filled with tulips and narcissus, planted in every curb, planter, and parking strip. The company donated most of the bulbs, and Becky, staff, and volunteers have planted them throughout the entire town. It’s a tribute to spring, spontaneity, and the generosity of these two growers.

She then took me to their nursery, which I have to say was very impressive and ambitious (and I’ve seen a lot of nurseries). Among other things, they have a living catalog. The beds are laid out the way the catalog is, from A to Z, and there’s the plant you may want to grow, often in bloom. They refresh the beds with plants from their coolers, so more is in bloom than you would ordinarily see. The other parts of the nursery are actual landscapes, at least eight of them, where they incorporate the bulbs with other plantings. It’s a valuable resource for people on the East Coast to see how the plants they choose will grow together. And then we had a wonderful lunch.

Be sure to tune in next week for part II of my April adventures!



Garden Gate Magazine Article

If you want to know more about my garden, check out the June 2012 issue of Garden Gate magazine. It gives a quick look at my garden in full bloom and production, and provides design ideas and tips for creating an edible landscape in your own yard. Right now, my article is featured in Garden Gates eNotes. If you want a copy of the magazine itself, you can ask for a preview issue at their website, www.gardengatemagazine.com.

Preparing Artichokes

On Mother’s Day, I treated myself to some time in my garden, including photographing my roses and harvesting some artichokes for dinner with my son Bob and his wife Julie. I cleaned them, soaked them in water to make sure there were no earwigs hiding in the folds, and then boiled them up for about 25 minutes. I served them with some aioli for dipping.  Yum!

With their giant silver leaves, artichokes add a dramatic touch to an edible landscape. My 2 year old plants shown here thrive in my street-side border. I’m sure that applications of composted chicken poop that my ladies provide keeps them so healthy.